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review 2018-02-18 10:11
Double Cross
Double Cross - James Patterson

When I got Double Cross I didn't realize it was so far in the series. While I had the feeling it still could be read without the prior knowledge, I still felt like it would have made for a better read if I did. The main character is presented as being very great in basically everything he does. He solves crimes. It was entertaining but nothing that blew me away. Maybe I'll try another book in the future to make up my mind.

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review 2017-03-14 07:45
Double Cross - Lissa Ford

Damn. Things were finally getting good, then more bad stuff happened, and now I am stuck waiting for a book 4 that is supposedly coming at some point.
Don't worry, this is not a cliffhanger. Jude and Rowan's story could end here but I think I need the whole thing wrapped a bit better with a nice bow to be completely happy.

Double Cross has the same mix of criminal investigations and relationship issues as the first two books in the series but the murder case in this one was the best story so far with regards to the crime aspect. And as much as Jude and Rowan don't always mesh in their personal lives, the work quite well together when they are in law enforcement mode.
Unfortunately for them, there is something like a personal life outside of work and that brings me to the topic that has been driving me nuts through all three books. Let me first point out, though, that I really really like both Jude and Rowan. I love seeing them together but if there was ever a contest for highest level of non-communication in a relationship these guys take first prize, no question about it. Throughout all three books we keep seeing them carry around their insecurities about the relationship, wondering what the other might be thinking (because just asking would be too easy?!) And they fight. Geez, do they fight. I think my strongest feeling after finishing this one was exhaustion.

But the thing is - they also realize that despite all their issues, the absolute worst thing is not being together. So they make up. In the most satisfying mix of sweet romance and the tearing off of clothes.

Please let me have book four soon?

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review 2016-11-14 08:51
Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies
Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies - Ben Macintyre

This book. Is. Amazing.

Do you know how many uncaptured German spies were operating in Britain during WWII?
That's right.

Every single German spy was either captured or became part of MI5's XX System, aka "Double-Cross." And each one of them was... a character. As McIntyre puts it:

"They included a bisexual Peruvian playgirl, a tiny Polish fighter pilot, a mercurial Frenchwoman a Serbian seducer, and a deeply eccentric Spaniard with a diploma in chicken farming. Together, under Robertson's guidance, they delivered all of the little lies that together made up the big lie.
The Double Cross spies were, variously, courageous, treacherous, capricious, greedy, and inspired. They were not obvious heroes, and their organization was betrayed from within by a Soviet spy. One was so obsessed with her pet dog that she came close to derailing the entire invasion. All were, to some extent, fantasists, for that is the very essence of espionage. Two were of dubious moral character.One was a triple, and possibly a quadruple, agent."

The story of the Double Cross spies reads like a British farce, up to and including the fact that all of the spies were given punny names. One of the handlers thought of the entire war in times of cricket. One agent, codenamed Garbo, created an entirely imaginary network of sub-spies that comprised 27 hallucinated agents. Another nearly drove MI5 to send a warship to bring her dog over and avoid the sacrosanct quarantine laws. Yet another began his career in Portugal, making up fake reports for the Germans about Liverpudlians hanging out in wine bars and naval exercises in what turned out to be landlocked lakes. No matter how easily the British managed to defeat the Germans in the spying game, the Soviets' Cambridge Five had just as successfully infiltrated them. Yet the Cambridge Five were, if anything, too successful: knowing from their spies about Double Cross, the Soviets were convinced their own agents had also been doubled. Oh, the perils of paranoia.

Double Cross is occasionally poignant-- it is, after all, about WWII-- and often incredible, but above all, it is hands-down funny. My favourite quote:

One evening, in his safe house in Hinxton, near Cambridge, Caroli crept up behind his minder while he was playing solitaire and tried to throttle him with a piece of rope. When this failed, he apologized, tied the man to a chair, and ran off with a can of sardines, a pineapple, and a large canvas shoe. He then stole a motorcycle and motored, very slowly, toward the coast with the canoe balanced on his head. He intended to paddle to Holland. A roadman reported to police that a man with a canoe had fallen off his motorcycle on Pamisford road, and he had helped the man throw the canoe over a hedge.'

If you're looking for a crazy fun nonfiction book to read, then Double Cross is it.

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review 2016-09-28 00:00
Double Cross
Double Cross - Lissa Ford An ARC was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

Jude and Rowan are settling into their relationship after moving in together. But not everything is perfect in paradise. After five months of living together Rowan still hasn't unpacked and this plants a seed of doubt in Jude that Rowan isn't fully committed to their relationship. Things get a bit more tense when a still recovering Rowan returns to work and the new captain has it in for Rowan. When Jude's neighbor finds skeletal remains on his property things turn from bad to worse.

I really enjoyed this installment in the series. I was sadden about what happened between Jude and Rowan and that their relationship became so strained that they had to resort to the actions that occurred. The murder case was really intriguing and it was great seeing Jude and Rowan in action to solve the case even if their relationship took a hit. Ishmael was not my favorite character in the book. I was glad to see he was less of a jerk towards the end.
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review 2016-09-24 00:00
Double Cross
Double Cross - Lissa Ford Originally reviewed at Sinfully.

After the first two books in the series (you really shouldn’t read this as a standalone) there is little doubt that Jude and Rowan love each other and are better together than apart. The problem is that both of them have a stubborn streak. Rowan is constantly afraid that once he commits and gets comfortable his happiness will be taken away. Jude still hasn’t fully come to grips with the fact that he is no longer in law enforcement. He enjoys running his fishing tour business, but he can’t turn off his investigative instincts and his need to see justice done.

Rowan and Jude have been living together for a few months, but Rowan can’t bring himself to move all the way in with Jude. His clothes and toiletries have all found a place in the home, but the rest of his boxes and personal items haven’t been unpacked. He knows this bothers Jude, but deep down he still fears that Jude will be gone from his life again so why should he bother settling in further. Besides his priority is his physical recovery, which is still ongoing, and getting back to normal at work. Jude can feel Rowan holding things back from him and wonders if he still has one foot out the door.

Rowan is back to work with a new boss who holds a grudge against him and is going to make his life difficult. When their neighbor, Riley, calls Jude about some remains he finds on his property, things start to go bad very quickly. Rowan is tasked with the investigation and his new boss is all over him, especially when Jude is at the crime scene when they show up. Jude believes Riley is going to take the fall for a murder he didn’t commit. No matter how much Rowan tells Jude to stop interfering in the case, how much he explains to Jude that his new boss is looking for something to hang him with, Jude just can’t stop himself.

While the mystery is again well done, this book is all about the emotional side of the romance between Jude and Rowan. This time we get both their points of view so even though they have a difficult time there is no question that they both love each other and want the relationship to work. The problem is that once again, love might not be enough to keep them together and their old demons and habits aren’t easy to break. Jude and Rowan have gotten a bit better at talking, but neither one listens all that well. There are still things being held back and frustrations have them lashing out at each other until they finally break.

If it sounds like all the heavy tension is going to bring the mood down, don’t worry; Jude’s sister Kristy puts an end to that. She has tasked Jude and Rowan with throwing a bachelor party for her groom who lives out of the country and they have never met. The woman gets on my nerves at times, but she has nothing but love for Jude and Rowan and will do what she can to make sure they are as happy as she is.

I absolutely love Rowan and Jude as a couple. It’s only been about five months since they got back together in [b:Doubleback|25238854|Doubleback (Doubleback, #1)|Lissa Ford|https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1436434657s/25238854.jpg|44957817] and they have been five difficult months, but they have worked hard to stay together. They have moved forward and though they can’t imagine going back to a life without the other it seemed like it just may have to come to that. They love hard and they fight hard and their passion comes through on the page. Their struggle was emotional and at times and my heart was breaking as I blamed each of them for what was happening (though I blamed Jude a bit more).

While a new avenue of opportunity presents itself to Jude towards the end of this book, there is something else looming that they will have to deal with first. I don’t want to characterize the ending as a cliff hanger, but there is something that comes up that makes for an uncertain future. The men still love and are there for each other, but once again their road seems to be heading uphill.

Lissa Ford’s writing is wonderful. Both the relationship and mystery storylines consistently work well together. I am really hoping that in the next book there is more time for these two to be with each other without being torn apart. They have been put through the wringer since before the first book starts and they definitely deserve their happy ever after.


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